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Archive - 2012

January 16th

Donald Burrows

Donald “Don” John Burrows, Cedar Rapids, died Jan. 8, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids following a short illness. Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids where Don was an active parishioner for many years. The Rev. Phil Thompson officiated. Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Don was born September 13, 1949, a son of Richard and Gertrude (Kearney) Burrows of Belle Plaine.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Jerry.

Robert Anderson

Robert Roy Anderson, 77, of Cedar Rapids, made his transition to heaven on Jan. 7, 2012. Private graveside services were held Jan. 13 at Pecatonica Cemetery in Pecatonica, Ill. Julie Freese of Cedar Memorial officiated.
Local survivors include his daughter Lynette (Brian) Petersen, of North Liberty. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert William Black

Robert William Black, 61, of Solon, died at home Friday Jan. 13, 2012, from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Visitation will be held at Brosh Chapel in Solon on Jan. 18 from 4 until 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Cornell College King Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 22, with Bob’s favorite music being played beginning at 2 p.m. with the service to follow at 2:30 p.m. Chaplain Catherine Quehl-Engle will preside. A family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Walkin'

The pickles caught my eye because they were out of place among the flashlights, watch fobs and assorted small tools on the counter of the local hardware store. “Gourmet Rickles Pickles,” the label read, “crunch’em, munch’en, lunch’em.”
“Never heard of these before,” I said to no one in particular as I rolled a jar in my hand. The sales clerk overheard me and offered that they came from the nearby town of Coralville, and I bought a jar.
It was love at first bite.

Food For Thought

I can’t help wondering just what sexual orientation has to do with separation of church and state. I see no connection between gays serving openly in the military and children praying in school– can you? And why certain people are so positive that their own “family values” are everybody’s ideal. Every family has their own set of values, right down to how they want their chicken fried and how much mustard to put in the potato salad. And I have to laugh out loud when that person says he would, “Cut their pay in half and send them home early.” Without their vote on the matter? Really?

Early out Jan. 19

The early out activity for Thursday, Jan. 19, will be crafting thumbies and kazoos from 1 until 2 p.m. for all Solon students. Thumbies are little drawings made out of fingerprints. The kids will stamp their fingerprints on paper and then draw little designs like animals and faces out of the fingerprint. The kazoos will be made from cardboard paper rolls. No registration is required. Elementary age students participating need to be picked up by their parent or caregiver at 2 p.m.
The next movie will be on early out Thursday, Feb. 2, from 1 until 3 p.m.

January 15th

Blood drive to be Feb. 6

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Feb. 6, from 4 until 7 p.m. in Rooms 1 and 3 on the lower level.
In an average week, UIHC patients need nearly 600 units of blood products. Just one pint of donated blood can help save the lives of several people.
To be eligible to donate blood a person must:
• Be 17 years old or 16 with parental consent;
• Weigh at least 110 pounds;
• Be cold or flu symptom free for five days;
• Pass a mini-physical and medical history inquiry.
• Have a photo ID;

Free dance class coming in February

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up now for a free, four-week session of dance classes taught by the University of Iowa Dancers In Company, held at the North Liberty Recreation Center from Feb. 11 to March 4.
The series of hour-long weekend workshops will teach components of hip-hop, jazz and modern dance, as well as opportunities to learn combinations from the company’s repertoire. On week four, participants will travel to the University of Iowa to see Dancers in Company perform.

January 9th

Creek is rising in Tiffin

TIFFIN— After a dismal 0-6 record as a start to the 2011-2012 season, Steve Ottoson’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys appear to be on a roll. The squad ended 2011 with a home win against Mid Prairie and carried that momentum into the new year with a pair of back-to-back wins.
The Creek boys pounded Independence on the road Tuesday, Jan. 3, and returned home for a visit from the West Branch Bears on Thursday, Jan. 5. CCA took the 59-47 non-conference win.
“It’s a good win against a very good team,” Coach Ottoson said, basking in the afterglow of victory.

Unhappy start to New Year

TIFFIN— Matt Haas’ Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the new year with a pair of losses on the home hardwood. The Creek girls fell 56-45 Tuesday, Jan. 3, to Independence, and took a non-conference loss on Thursday, Jan. 5, losing 57-42 at the hands of the West Branch Bears.